The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to recognize these new books published by our faculty members:
Editors: Shobhakar Dhakal, Matthias Ruth (CEE Professor) – 3/10/2017
Description: This book addresses key topics in the current deliberations and debates on low carbon cities that are underway globally. Contributions by experts from around the world focus on the key factors required for creating low carbon cities. These include appropriate infrastructure, ensuring co-benefits of climate actions, making best use of knowledge and information, proper accounting of emissions, and social factors such as behavioral change. Readers will gain a better understanding of these drivers and explore potential transformation pathways for cities.
Editor: Matthias Ruth (CEE Professor) – 10/28/2015
Description: This Handbook presents methods to advance the understanding of interdependencies between the well-being of human societies and the performance of their biophysical environment. It showcases applications to material and energy use; urbanization and technological transition; economic growth and social vulnerabilities; development and governance of social and industrial networks; and the role of history, culture, and science itself in carrying out analysis and guiding policy as well as the role of theory, data, and models in guiding decisions.
"Place-based Evaluation for Integrated Land-use Management"
Editor: Matthias Ruth (CEE Professor) – 9/28/2015
Description: In recent years, there has been an increasing emphasis placed on local and regional integration in major planning projects and infrastructure development including roads, rail and waterways. This emphasis is not only on integrating various projects, but also integrating them with related issues such as housing, industry, environment and water. In other words, land-use planning and infrastructure management have become more spatially-oriented. This book brings together experts in the fields of spatial planning, land-use and infrastructure management to explore the emerging agenda of spatially-oriented integrated evaluation. It weaves together the latest theories, case studies, methods, policy and practice to examine and assess the values, impacts, benefits and the overall success in integrated land-use management. In doing so, the book clarifies the nature and roles of evaluation and puts forward guidance for future policy and practice.
"Modeling Dynamic Biological Systems"
Authors: Bruce Hannon, Matthias Ruth (CEE Professor) – 9/8/2014
Description: Many biologists and ecologists have developed models that find widespread use in theoretical investigations and in applications to organism behavior, disease control, population and metapopulation theory, ecosystem dynamics, and environmental management. This book captures and extends the process of model development by concentrating on the dynamic aspects of these processes and by providing tools that virtually anyone with basic knowledge in the Life Sciences can use to develop meaningful dynamic models. Examples of the systems modeled in the book range from models of cell development, the beating heart, the growth and spread of insects, spatial competition and extinction, to the spread and control of epidemics, including the conditions for the development of chaos.
"Sensor Technologies for Civil Infrastructures"
Authors: Ming Wang (COE Distinguished Professor), Jerome P. Lynch, Hoon Sohn – 4/2014, 5/2014
Description: Sensors are used for civil infrastructure performance assessment and health monitoring, and have evolved significantly through developments in materials and methodologies. Sensor Technologies for Civil Infrastructure is a two-volume set that provides an overview of sensor hardware and its use in data collection, analysis, and case studies in assessing and monitoring civil infrastructures. Volume I focuses on sensing hardware and data collection, covering a variety of sensors. The book examines fiber optic systems, acoustic emission, piezoelectric sensors, electromagnetic sensors, ultrasonic methods, and radar and millimeter wave technology. Its chapters cover strain gauges, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), multifunctional materials and nanotechnology for sensing, and vision-based sensing and lasers. Volume II concentrates on data analysis, with an in-depth examination of sensor data management and analytical techniques for fault detection and localization, looking at prognosis and life-cycle assessment. This volume features case studies in assessing structures such as bridges, buildings, super-tall towers, dams, tunnels, wind turbines, railroad tracks, nuclear power plants, offshore structures, levees, and pipelines. Sensor Technologies for Civil Infrastructure: Volumes I and II provide a standard reference for structural and civil engineers, electronics engineers and academics with an interest in the field.
Authors: Steven W. Cranford (CEE Assistant Professor), Markus J. Buehler - 5/29/12
Description: This book is intended to provide an introduction to the emerging field of biomateriomics - the holistic study of biological material systems - and endorses interdisciplinary methods of research, making current and new experimental and computational techniques available to a wider community of engineers and scientists. While biological systems are undoubtedly complex, we frequently encounter similar components -- universal building blocks and hierarchical structure motifs -- which result in a diverse set of functionalities. Similar to the way music or language arises from a limited set of music notes and words, engineers and scientists can exploit the relationships between form and function in a meaningful way by recognizing the similarities between Beethoven and bone, or Shakespeare and silk. Through the investigation of material properties, examining fundamental links between processes, structures, and properties at multiple scales and their interactions, materiomics explains system functionality from the level of building blocks. The challenges of biological materials are vast, but the convergence of biology, mathematics and engineering as well as computational and experimental techniques have resulted in the toolset necessary to describe complex material systems, from nano to macro, contributing to the potential of exploiting novel concepts in innovation, material synthesis and design.
Authors: Matthias Ruth (CEE Professor), Bruce Hannon - 2/9/12
Description: Using the STELLA® software, Modeling Dynamic Economic Systems applies methods of computer modeling to a wide range of real-world economic phenomena, demonstrating how to make informed decisions about economic performance and environmental quality. Sections of the book cover: methods for dynamic modeling economics with special emphasis on the microeconomic models of firms, modeling optimal use of both nonrenewable and renewable resources, and chaos in economic models.
Authors: Robert D. Holtz, Williams D. Kovacs and Thomas Sheahan (CEE Professor) - 10/28/10
Description: This book provides a descriptive introduction to geotechnical engineering with applications to civil engineering practices. Focusing on the engineering classification, behavior, and properties of soils necessary for the design and construction of foundations and earth structures, it also includes chapters in Landforms, and the Origin of Geomaterials.
"Water Centric Sustainable Communities: Planning, Retrofitting and Building the Next Urban Environment"
Authors: Vladimir Novotny (CEE Professor Emeritus), Jack Ahern, and Paul Brown - 10/12/10
Description: This books compartmentalizes the complex issue of water and wastewater into its discrete components: technology, planning policy, construction and economics. The book is the first to capture all of the current work on this idea in a single, integrated, plan for designing water-centric Cities of the Future. From new construction to the retrofitting of existing systems, this book presents the case for a new urban relationship to water, one with a more sustainable connection to the environment. Through case studies of successfully planned and built systems around the world, the book informs the reader about the need for a new approach to urban water management, and makes the case that these changes are not only possible, but imperative.
Author: Kenneth Leet (CEE Professor Emeritus), Chia-Ming Uang, and Anne Gilbert - 9/9/10
Description: This textbook introduces engineering and architecture students to the basic techniques for analyzing the most common structural elements, including beams, frames, cables, and arches. This book covers classical methods of analysis for determinate and indeterminate structures, and provides an introduction to the matrix formulations on which computer analysis is based. This edition features an expanded treatment of snow, earthquake, and wind loads that are part of the updated ANSI/ASCE 7 standards.
Authors: Xiaodi Hao, Vladimir Novotny (CEE Professor Emeritus), Valerie Nelson - 7/5/10
Description: This text reveals how imaginative concepts are being developed and implemented to ensure that cities, towns, and villages and their water resources can become ecologically sustainable and provide clean water. With both urban and rural waters as a focal point, the links between water quality and hydrology, landscape, and the broader concepts of green cities and smart development are explored. The book focuses on decentralized concepts of potable water, storm water, and wastewater management that would provide clean water. It results in water management systems that would be resilient to extreme events such as excessive flows due to extreme meteorological events, severe droughts, and deteriorated water and urban ecosystem quality. A particular emphasis is placed on learning lessons from the many innovative projects being designed in China and other initiatives around the world. The principal audience for the book is university faculty and students, scientists in research institutes, water professionals, governmental organizations, NGOs, urban landscape architects and planners.